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‘Do something!’ Biden: ‘We will’

COUNTY COURTHOUSE in Uvalde, Texas (Flickr/Kevin Lund).

Speaking at a memorial for the 19 children and two teachers killed in Uvalde, Texas, President Joe Biden responded to cries of  “do something” with the vow, “We will.”

According to The Associated Press, the president on Sunday stopped at each of the 21 white wooden crosses at Ross Elementary School. First Lady Jill Biden added a bouquet of flowers to those already brought to the site.

It was the second mass shooting in the U.S., this month. On May 17, a gunman killed 10 Black people at a market in Buffalo, New York.

According to The New York Times, the U.S. Justice Department will review how local law enforcement agencies responded to the incident, at the request of the mayor of Uvalde.

Angry criticism has been leveled at the local police as it was revealed that 78 minutes passed before officers charged into the classroom where the slaughter was taking place.

Ukraine fights back in east

Ukrainian army forces are launching a counterattack in the Donbas region where Russian forces have been pressing forward. According to, the defenders are using American-made M-177 high-tech howitzers to drive the invaders back. The push came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a visit to front-line troops to praise their courage and resolve.

Sports: Celtics beat Heat for East title

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 100-96  in Game Seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals tonight.

The Celtics now  will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Game one is on Thursday, June 2.

The Los Angeles Angels lost 11-10 to the Toronto Blue Jays in Anaheim for their fifth straight loss.  Leading 9-6, the Halos gave up five runs in the last three innings to suffer another defeat, despite home runs by Shohei Ohtani (his 11th of the season), Taylor Ward (10th) and Max Stassi (fourth). The Angels are now 27-22, still second in the American League West and 3.5 games back of the Houston Astros.

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday to improve to 33-14, still first in National League West, three games ahead of the  San Diego Padres. Tyler Anderson (6-0) was the star, pitching six shutout innings. He scattered five hits, struck out six batters and walked one.

Weather: Sun is with us for a while

After days of waiting, sunny weather has arrived in the West Orange County area. The sun broke through today (Sunday) with a high of 75. The forecast is for sunny skies for the next three days. Monday should have a daytime high of 76 (overnight low of 58), followed by a high of 77 (59) on Tuesday and a high of 78 (60) on Wednesday. Some clouds will begin to return on Thursday and daytime temps will peak at 79.

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